Fishtown can't get much more hipster than this kitschy-cool Mexi-pub, where a simple but affordable menu inspired by L.A.'s taco trucks has transformed an old nuisance bar into a neighborhood hub. The small menu plays against some gringo and border-food cliches (hard-shell tacos, burritos, etc.) with good ingredients, house preparations, and whimsical ideas such as a secret menu (try the "K&A-style" waffle-fry nachos). Along with good beer and margaritas, it's little wonder this taco tavern has become a favorite spot for locals to burrow deeper into their hood's northern tip.
Nachos de Kenzo (both with standard chips and "K&A-style" with waffle fries); street dog; burger; Gabacho taco; tacos (al pastor; carnitas; tongue; seitan); quesadilla (chorizo-potato); burrito (carne asada and black beans Diablo); green rice.
There is a small but decent beer list, with some lighter craft brews and Mexican classics. But fresh margaritas and a solid selection of premium tequilas (served with a shot of one of the city's best sangritas) are the draw.
It's a bar, so expect about a 93-decibel buzz from the crowd and music, but it's not as gratuitously loud as some others. (Ideal is 75 decibels or less.)
Dinner nightly 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. (bar open until 2 a.m.)